ALBRECHT DÜRER The Cook and His Wife. Lot 2

LOT 2 Seller's Estimate: USD 3,000 - 5,000

ALBRECHT DÜRER The Cook and His Wife . Engraving, circa 1496-97. 110x78 mm; 4 3/8x3 1/8 inches. A very good, well-inked Meder d impression with strong contrasts (Meder dates three impressions to around 1550). Partial crowned coat-of-arms with the letter P watermark (Meder 314, which he dates from around 1510 to 1570). Ex-collection the artist Peter Lely (Lugt 2092, center right recto). Trimmed on the plate mark. Lely (1618-1680) was the principal court painter to Charles II of England and one of the famed portrait artists of his day. His vast collection of old master paintings, drawings and prints was sold after he died in 1688 and 1694 for a then staggering total of around £26,000 (several million dollars today). Property of The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, sold to benefit the acquisitions fund. Bartsch 84; Meder 85.

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